by James Ijames
Directed by Dexter J. Singleton
Directly influenced by the 2014 murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by a member of the Cleveland Police Department, James Ijames’ New York Times Critics Pick play KILL MOVE PARADISE was developed in 2016 at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and premiered in 2017 at the National Black Theatre in New York, New York. This raw, eye-opening production tells the story of Isa, Daz, Grif, and Tiny, four black men who find themselves stuck in a cosmic waiting room in the afterlife. This play, inspired by the ever-growing list of slain unarmed black men and women, is a portrait of those lost — not as statistics, but as heroes who deserve to be seen for the splendid beings they are, and as symbols of life and hope. Gone but never forgotten, KILL MOVE PARADISE illustrates the possibilities of collective transformation and radical acts of joy.
The play frankly describes and depicts moments of violence and racism. The characters use strong language.
"Bleak and beautiful… radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy."
The New York Times
"Theater is at its most effective when it brings people together, moves us, challenges us, and makes us see the unseen. "Kill Move Paradise" [does] precisely that."
"...KILL MOVE PARADISE is bold, conceptual, living theater, demanding to be heard. Ijames is a vital voice in our politically seditious and most perilous time. It is also profoundly poetic in its dialogue and characters."
““KILL MOVE PARADISE is not only one of the best shows I’ve seen this year, it’s a reminder that every name we’ve seen in news reports and hashtags is connected to a life. More importantly, a soul.”
Charles Lewis III, The Thinking Man's Idiot
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This production will be presented live at the Performance Pavilion in Hartford's Bushnell Park.
Tuesday, June 22nd: 7pm
Wednesday, June 23rd: 2pm & 7pm
Thursday, June 24th: 7pm
RAIN DATE: Friday, June 25th
Gates will open 2 hours prior to the performance time. Pre-show entertainment & food provided by Black Eyed Sally’s. See the Black Eyed Sally's tab for info on ordering food.
STREET ADDRESS: You may use 99 Trinity Street, Hartford in your GPS. Or, if you know what parking lot you want to use, you may use their specific address.
PARKING: There is metered parking available along the perimeter of the park. You must pay at the kiosks for parking Monday-Friday from 8am-6pm. All other times, parking is free, including weekends. The closest parking lot that we suggest is the LAZ Parking Lot at 10 Ford Street. Parking at this lot is $7-$10. Please pay for parking at the kiosk. For more information about this lot CLICK HERE. For other parking lots & parking information, please visit THIS LINK.
AFTER THE PERFORMANCE: There will be a talk back following every performance. Due to the sensitive material of the play, we suggest planning to stay and process the show with your fellow audience members.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY: If the performance is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will have the option of exchanging your ticket to one of the other scheduled performances, or to our rain date on Friday, June 25.
Playhouse Theatre Group, Inc. will follow all COVID-19 guidelines as laid out by the CDC, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and Governor Ned Lamont. We will be sharing more information via email about our social distancing rules & other requirements ahead of your performance date.
The production will be available for streaming July 7 through August 1st via Broadway On Demand.
Having trouble streaming? Contact our Box Office M-F 10am-2pm at 860-523-5900 x10. Outside of these hours, please contact Broadway On Demand help.
DEXTER J. SINGLETON (Director) is from Detroit, MI. He is a director, producer, activist, and educator. He is currently the Founding Executive Artistic Director of Collective Consciousness Theatre (CCT), a multicultural theatre for social justice in New Haven, CT and the Director of New Play Development at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, AR. Since 2007, Collective Consciousness Theatre has reached thousands of youth and adults with plays and workshops across the U.S. and Europe. As a director, Dexter’s work has been seen at TheatreSquared, San Diego Rep, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, University of Michigan, University of Arkansas, Long Wharf Theatre, and others. Recent credits include Baton, North of Forbes, Sweat, Skeleton Crew, The Royale, Topdog/Underdog, and The Mountaintop. In his role at TheatreSquared, Dexter has developed many new works with writers across the country, including Sarah Gancher’s online hit Russian Troll Farm (New York Times Critics Pick, Best Theatre of 2020) and the upcoming world premiere of Designing Women by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. He is also a member of the Artistic Ensemble at Long Wharf Theatre, Visiting Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of Connecticut, Board Member for TYA/USA. He was recently awarded the 2019 Artistic Excellence Award from the State of Connecticut and Distinguished Director of a Play for Black Book from The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.
While you may not bring your own food and drink to the show at Bushnell Park, you can pre-order from our dining partner Black Eyed Sally's - a tent for pickup will be available in the park.
When buying tickets online, add the meal of your choice to your shopping cart as if it is a ticket. Ensure you select the correct quantity of each meal, if you’re ordering more than one. If you have any questions about your order, do not hesitate to reach out to the box office.
When buying tickets over the phone, simply tell the box office staff which meal you’d like to order: 860-523-5900 x10.
When you arrive at Bushnell Park and you’re ready to pick up your meal, make your way over to the Black Eyed Sally’s tent. Give your name to the server & they will give you your meal! If you plan to buy alcohol, please make sure you bring a valid photo ID.
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